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Letter: BoH Candidate Asks for Support, Signatures

Drop-in meet & greet, signing set for tomorrow 5 – 7 p.m. at Starbucks

Dear Tewksbury Voters,

My name is Katlynn Bugda Gwilt, and I am running for a seat on the Tewksbury Board of Health.

My husband and I have lived in Tewksbury since March 2020, and we recently welcomed our first child. As you can imagine, March 2020 was a challenging time to relocate. We moved into our house a week after the state shut down for COVID and witnessed, with our new neighbors, the uncertainty that unfolded around us. But even in that difficult time, we were comforted by a sense of community. We found ourselves immersed in the generosity of Tewksbury’s residents, and since then, I have been looking for ways to get involved and give back.

I have chosen to run for the Board of Health because I want to help keep my neighbors and our community safe, healthy and thriving.

My qualifications: I received a Bachelors of Science from Syracuse University in Cellular and Molecular Biology and went on to get my PhD in Pharmacology from Northeastern University. In years past, I was a lecturer in various capacities in the PharmD and Nursing program at Northeastern University. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I study congenital anomalies of the intestine.

I served as a president of the Biology Honors Society in undergrad and as the elected student representative on the faculty Graduate Committee. In these positions, I participated in a good amount of community and health outreach, running educational events focused on various topics. I genuinely enjoy health and wellness outreach, and this is another reason I decided to seek the open Board of Health position.

I believe my educational background and personal interests would make me a valuable asset to the Board of Health. If elected, I am committed to serving the best interests of our town.

If you’re interested in meeting me and helping me get on the ballot, please drop by the Tewksbury Starbucks tomorrow between 5 and 7 p.m. I’ll be there to answer questions, and I’d be honored if registered voters would take a moment to sign my nomination papers. You don’t even have to get out of your car! Look for volunteers with clipboards.

If you can’t make it but would like to sign or wish to ask me questions, please send me an email at or check out my campaign website.

Thank you,

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